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Cross and Reach

Lie on your back with your baby beside you. Holding a small, soft ball between your feet, extend your legs to the ceiling. Raise your left arm above your head.

Inhale, then exhale as you reach your left hand toward your right ankle, lifting your left shoulder off the mat. Counting or singing to your baby, hold for 10 seconds, working up to 15. Switch sides and repeat.

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Single-Leg Bridge (A)

Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat and your baby beside you. Place the ball under your right foot and press your arms into the floor, palms down, for balance. Extend your left leg up to the ceiling (A). Inhale, then exhale as you press into the ball with your right foot, lifting your hips into a bridge position (B). Inhale as you lower your hips to the mat. Do 4 to 10 times. Switch ball to the other foot and repeat.

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Single-Leg Bridge (B)

Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat and your baby beside you. Place the ball under your right foot and press your arms into the floor, palms down, for balance. Extend your left leg up to the ceiling (A). Inhale, then exhale as you press into the ball with your right foot, lifting your hips into a bridge position (B). Inhale as you lower your hips to the mat. Do 4 to 10 times. Switch ball to the other foot and repeat.

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Tabletop with Ball Squeeze

Lie on your back with knees bent in a tabletop position and your baby propped against your thighs. Squeeze the ball between your knees, placing one hand behind your head and one hand on your baby to steady him.

Inhale, then exhale as you draw your abs in and lift your head and shoulders off the floor, looking at your baby. Hold for 10 seconds, working up to 15. Lower your head and repeat.

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Tabletop Energized (A)

Lie on your back with your baby beside you. Place the ball under your lower back, just below your waist. Move your arms into a T-position, palms down.

Take a moment to find your balance, then raise your legs to a tabletop position, toes pointed (A). Inhale and drop your left heel toward the floor (B). Exhale and lift the heel back up. Do 5 times, then switch sides.

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Tabletop Energized (B)

Lie on your back with your baby beside you. Place the ball under your lower back, just below your waist. Move your arms into a T-position, palms down.

Take a moment to find your balance, then raise your legs to a tabletop position, toes pointed (A). Inhale and drop your left heel toward the floor (B). Exhale and lift the heel back up. Do 5 times, then switch sides.

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